Next 1 of 32 Prev post Use your ← → (arrows) to browse With the World Cup less than two months away, we look at the best player on every team at the tournament. Although every nation has their star players, some nations are more dependent on theirs than others. Countries like Spain or the current world champions, Germany, enter this summer’s tournament better known for having a great team rather than having one or two standout individuals. In these cases, the player most crucial to their respective nation’s style of play was chosen over a more talented individual. Honorable mentions are given in some cases. So from Uruguay to Panama, here’s every World Cup team’s most important player. SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – MARCH 27: Russia’s Fedor Smolov kicks the ball during the International friendly football match at Saint Petersburg Stadium on March 27, 2018 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images) Russia: … [Read more...] about Russia 2018: The best player on every team at the World Cup
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By Melissa Rohlin | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 26, 2018 at 5:15 pm | UPDATED: April 26, 2018 at 5:18 pm OAKLAND – The Warriors’ coaching staff was at the team’s practice facility until late Wednesday evening, strategizing for the Pelicans. The Spurs and the Pelicans pretty much have nothing in common, so the Warriors are about to experience a radical shift in, well, just about everything. “Totally different series from what we just faced,” Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr said. “Very much about pace. They like to get out and run, whereas the Spurs are more of a half court team. So it’s a big adjustment.” Kerr called Anthony Davis “one of the best players on earth,” adding that Jrue Holiday is playing at an All-Star level and Rajon Rondo is, well, Rondo. But he said Nikola Mirotić changed everything for the Pelicans when they acquired him in February. “We pretty much … [Read more...] about Steve Kerr calls Anthony Davis “one of the best players on earth”
At first glance, the question posed above might seem absolutely ludicrous. Am I really suggesting that a player who played for a team that was embarrassed in the first week of finals and only received eight Brownlow votes last year could be the best player in the league – even better than Nat Fyfe? There’s no doubt that Alex Rance is the best key defender in the AFL. Both the eye test, conventional statistics and advanced statistics rate him above the likes of Harry Taylor, Jeremy McGovern, Tom McDonald and Steven May. Rance was ranked first in 2015 for one percenters, of which the vast majority are spoils, and with an average of 97 SuperCoach points per game, he also leads all key defenders. Advanced statistics, such as measuring defensive-one-on-one contests and the AFL Player Ratings Points system, also have him as the best key defender in the league. How exactly, however, one might ask, does this impact on the game make him the best player in the league, and why could … [Read more...] about Is Alex Rance the best player in the AFL?
0 Have your say Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill has turned up the heat ahead of Saturday evening’s 1872 Cup decider by declaring that the days of Glasgow Warriors being the darlings of Scottish rugby are over. The Englishman has presided over Edinburgh’s best season in a decade and his side go into the weekend’s inter-city showdown at BT Murrayfield knowing that a single point will be enough to secure a place in the Guinness Pro14 play-offs and a return to the elite European Champions Cup next season.Those twin objectives may already be in the bag if Ulster fail to achieve a bonus-point win at Munster earlier in the day but, even if that is the case, Cockerill wants to see his men strike another blow against their Scottish rivals, take the 1872 Cup and send the message that Edinburgh’s tanks are firmly on Glasgow’s lawn.“That gap between Glasgow and Edinburgh is closing all the time,” said Cockerill. “The days of them being … [Read more...] about Cockerill says days of Glasgow getting all the best players are over
0 Have your say Peterborough United must contain the best player in League One if they are to get their play-off push back on track tonight (April 19). Bradley Dack has scored 16 goals for second-placed Blackburn Rovers this season from his attacking midfield position, including two in a 3-2 win at Posh in December. It’s that form that saw him pip Posh striker Jack Marriott to the League One player-of-the-year award - the second time in three seasons the award has been won by Dack.Posh central defender Steven Taylor is one of the players who will be charged with keeping Dack quiet in the live televised clash at Ewood Park tonight (7.45pm).“Bradley Dack is one of the main reasons why Blackburn are having such a great season,” Taylor admitted.“He has a lot of quality, he reads the game brilliantly and he obviously has an eye for goal“He hurts teams by getting into little pockets. He’s caused so many teams problems this season, but he’s … [Read more...] about PREVIEW: The best player in League One is waiting to attack Peterborough United